Free Piano Concert
You are invited to a very unique concert at Broadmoor Community Church, Sunday, January 7, 3:00pm
featuring a piano duo from Estonia
Broadmoor Community Church, UCC
In this Issue:
Your Minister's Musings - Rev. Anne Cubbage..............................1
Standing up Again - Rev. Marta Fioriti.............................................2
Adult Faith Formation in the New Year............................................3
Missions & Outreach............................................................................5
Church Fellowship & News.................................................................6
Community Opportunity ....................................................................7
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
11:00am Fellowship in the Otto Hall
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Monday, January 15 at 1:45, join us for fellowship time! We have invited "The Women of the Bible" to join us. See page 6 for more.
Your Minister’s Musings
I had never run across this series of feeding passages before. So often we ascribe this sort of miracle only to Jesus . . . and yet . . . these passages demonstrate that God’s miraculous blessings are not bounded by time, place, or person . . . but only by great need.
What I recognize is how often in my desire to ‘get the job done’ I am careless! I can imagine the servant feeling a bit overwhelmed by the task he has just been given since the region is in the midst of a famine. I love that we don’t hear any complaining; he simply went out to gather herbs. However, we, too, are often overwhelmed by our sense of scarcity and like this servant we too try to take shortcuts—even “though no one knew what [the gourds] were.”
The truly refreshing thing about this pericope is that the servant had initiative. His master, Elisha, trusted that in him; and he felt empowered to try a new recipe with new ingredients—even unknown ingredients. This innovative (albeit somewhat careless) servant also trusted that God’s Spirit was with his master—that what the master said was possible regardless of the servant’s experiences of the reality of the day.
Can we live into this same sort of trusting relationship with God? Can we step out with the same quick wit, the same imagination as did this servant . . . all the while trusting that whatever God has placed before us to do IS possible (despite the reality of our day)? Can we (with a bit more care) be as resourceful and creative as was this servant?
Truly God’s miraculous blessings are NOT bounded by time, place, or person (through God ALL things ARE possible) . . . but only by great need.
To what is God calling us to be and to do at this time (2018) and in this place in our lives, individually and as a church? What wild vines and gourds might we consider picking and using in order to follow God’s will and to feed the hungry (spiritually and physically)? How will we show trust in the Master Chef who knows exactly how to provide plenty from nothing? I wonder . . .
Grace & Peace,
Elisha returned to Gilgal and there was a famine in that region. While the company of the prophets was meeting with him, he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and cook some stew for these prophets.” The servant went out into the fields to gather herbs and found a wild vine and picked as many of its gourds as his garment could hold. When he returned, he cut them up into the pot of stew, though no one knew what they were. The stew was poured out for the men, but as they began to eat it, they cried out, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it. Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it into the pot and said, “Serve it to the people to eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot 2 Kings 4:38-40
BCC Planning an Adult Mission Trip to South Texas
Hurricane Harvey did a number on so many communities in and around Houston. They will be digging out and rebuilding for years. Under the direction of Chris Lambert, a team of folks will head down to be a part of the disaster relief effort. More information will soon be available. If you are interested in this week-long work, please contact the church at email@example.com.
Standing up in 2018... Again & Again
prophecies * birth *miracles * death * resurrection
Peace & Grace,
Rev. Marta Fioriti
Minister of Faith Formation
Here we are at another year: prophecies, birth, miracles, death and
resurrection have come full circle, and we are invited to begin another year
I cannot help but wonder and appreciate that at each turn of Jesus' story, from
the foreshadowing of his life, to his death, is one resurrection story after
another. It's like Christ is insisting that we recognize the newest of life not just
during the darkest season of the year -- but every day, all the time. Because that is really what faith is about, right?
The literal meaning of resurrection in Greek means "standing up again." Not standing up for the
first time or the last time, but again. It's as if the meaning invites us to resurrection over and over
again -- maybe this is the Epiphany?
Everything about Jesus was unique and begs us to have the faith of resurrection (to stand up
again) at each point in his life story. How important to do this now in a world of such divisions,
violence and natural disaster. We must stand up again! Consider 2018 a year of resurrections.
The prophecies of his coming… resurrections of dreams ahead.
His birth…resurrection of the new story being born.
His miracles...resurrection of eyes to see and learn.
His death... resurrection that continues to live in our hearts.
What will be the resurrection of your 2018? The stories of dreams? The experiences of birth and
renewal? The openness to the mystery and faith? The little resurrections in your everyday life?
2018 invites us to an Epiphany of resurrections in all its forms. Be ready for something new, stand
up again and again and welcome the baby Jesus as those wise people did so long ago.
Latitudes & Attitudes
Tuesday, Jan. 16th
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall, Leader Lynne Proctor
In ten chapters, using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely traveled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.
Please join this open book study here at BCC!
I AM Gentle Yoga and Meditation Wellness Event
Sunday, January 21, 11:15am in the Glenview Room
Kimberly Kuppenheimer, our wonderful Parish PA, is hosting this event so that our congregation can learn the powerful benefits of just 8 minutes of gentle yoga stretches, (which can even be done while sitting in a chair!) We will also feature 12 minutes of mindfulness meditation taught by Jacquie Ostrom, licensed counselor and meditation instructor. Don't miss this calming and beneficial opportunity for any age!
*New* Adult Faith Formation Opportunity, Beginning, Sunday, January 7!
Speaker & Facilitator: Roma Johnson
When: 11:00am, following worship
Where: The Glenview Room
Who: All Adults!
What: Here are some questions that the group will engage:
- Should our understanding of spirituality change with changes in life experience?
- Is the church the place to build a safe and civil community for this exploration?
- Can the church help bridge the generation gap?
On January 7, Roma Johnson will lead and facilitate a conversation about generational needs and wants in community life. Roma has personal and professional experience in congregational life. She is well informed and educated on how and why to create an age-friendly congregation and has been a part of innovations in aging.
Grab some coffee and a cookie and join us. Please contact Thelma Peck for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org *childcare available upon request.
Adult Faith Formation in the New Year
join the vibrant, musical Life at BCC!
No auditions! NO CUT OFF TIME FOR JOINING.
For more info contact Lynn Hurst at
473-1807 x116 or email@example.com
Calling all children
K - 5th grades
New Children's Choir Time
Beginning Wednesday, Jan 17, our Cherub and Chapel Choirs will meet from 5:30 - 6:30pm in West Wing 3. We are hoping some new children will join us. We have a lot of fun playing instruments, dancing and singing while learning about our faith.
Please give it a try.
Youth Choir and Bells
Calling all 6th graders and up. If you haven't given the choir and bells a try, please come join us on Sunday, Jan 14, after worship. You will be glad you did!
A heart-felt thank you goes to each member of the Broadmoor Bronze Bell Choir, the Sanctuary Choir and the Ensemble (including the Music Interns) for their hard work, commitment and beautiful performances. Each group truly added to the beauty and meaning of the season.
Our children's and youth choirs also did a superb job in their special performances and on Christmas Eve. We should be very proud of our children and youth and their commitment to this choir program.
After a short break, all choirs will begin rehearsals again in the next week or two. If you have ever thought about trying out a choir, now would be a great time to join us. If you are interested, contact Lynn Hurst at either (719) 473-1807 ext 116 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sanctuary Choir Thurs, Jan. 4, 7:00pm
Broadmoor Bronze Bells Thurs, Jan. 11, 5:45pm
Senior Adult Bell Choir Thurs, Jan. 11, 1:15pm
Youth Choir & Bells Sun, Jan. 14, 11:30am
Cherub & Chapel Choir Wed, Jan. 17, 5:30pm
January Choir News
Interested in learning more?
December's Special Offering was the Reverse Advent Calendar
A big thank you to all church members who participated in our Reverse Advent Calendar project. Donations went to B Street Pantry and local refugee families. We collected between 40-50 full-to-the-brim baskets.
Check out the Missions Table
for more information and opportunities!
Contact Missions cochairs Kathi (329-1949 email@example.com) or Patty (520-0576 firstname.lastname@example.org). Join our monthly board meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Conference Room.
Monthly Special Offering
will resume in February.
We will publish our February special offering in January, so keep your eyes peeled. This is a wonderful way to serve the people in our wider community with basic needs and to learn more about the services available to communities and people on the margins.
This past October, our special offering was socks for Westside Cares and Springs Rescue Mission, November was loose change for Mesa House and December was full baskets of household products for B Street Pantry and refugee families.
Thank you all for your generous giving.
Get involved by putting your faith into action!
"Reach" program planning this January!
This January, a team of folks will gather to begin to craft a vision, values, focuses, strategic objectives and goals for the 2018 "reach" kitchen project that the Board of Mission is excited to launch. Our hope is that through deep hospitality we will feed bodies and nourish spirits, strengthening communities.
One of the goals will be to begin the kitchen project in February. If you have any questions, need clarification or are just curious about the process, contact Kathi Hinkley, Board Chair or Rev. Marta Fioriti, staff support to the Board of Missions. Thank you for all your support!
Snow Cancellation Policy
We recommend the following guidelines: In the event of extreme weather conditions (snow, etc.), church offices and programs will follow Cheyenne Mountain D-12 closures. This guideline affects classes, activities, events and business at the church. Television stations KOAA, KRDO, KKTV list D-12 closings. Radio stations KRCC and KRDO announce closings.
BCC Budget Passed
Your BCC Executive Council is pleased to announce that the 2018 budget has been passed unanimously. Because BCC has ended 2017 with a surplus that will be counted in the 'income' for 2018, from the settlement of insurance claims, and thanks to the congregation's generosity and your staff, boards and committee's frugality, BCC expects to be able to balance the budget by 2019. THANK YOU for your continued support!
Tuesday, January 9 at 11:30 am
Everyone is invited to enjoy a social time and good food. You can meet at the church to car pool at 11:00, or drive to Edelweiss to meet at 11:30. To make your reservations, call Joan Capesius at 576-2621 by Monday, January 8th.
BCC in Prayer
Tana Clement, Les Kotval, Amy Rivers, Venus Moshrefi, Phyllis Baker, Glenn Foster, MarySue Wildman, Dalton Conner in the loss of his wife, and the Jean Pata family.
Sunday, January 28th Following Worship--to update on finances
Baby Boomers' Yankee Swap
In the home of Doug & Leslie Weddell
(2 Gentry Lane),
Friday, January 5 @ 6:00 pm.
Please bring an appetizer to share, a beverage of choice and a wrapped gift to "Swap".
Women's Fellowship Workshop
The next workshop for making greeting cards will be held Monday, January 8, at 1:45pm in the Otto Hall. We will make whatever recycled greeting cards (birthday, anniversary, get well, thinking of you, thank you, sympathy and note cards) are needed in the display rack near the Fireside Room. All supplies are provided and everyone is welcome to join us in this craft. If you have any questions, please call Ginny Rosinski (576-3570).
Guidelines for bcc Publication
For the Belltower, info must be received by the 15th of the previous month. All submissions are subject to review, editing, and placement. Send to email@example.com, by the due date.
Church Fellowship and News
Winter Women's Gathering
"Women of the Bible"
Monday, January 15 at 1:45 after Soup, Salad and Scripture, join us for fellowship time! We have invited "The Women of the Bible" to join us. We will hear Eve's side of the story, as well as two of her friends from the Old Testament, Adah and Mrs. Noah.
For more information, please call Kaye Thompson at 719-502-1558
315 Lake Ave, COS 80906 * (719) 4731807 * www.broadmoorchurch.org * Find us on Facebook!
Installation at Creed Community Church
Sunday, January 7th, 11:00 am
Rev. Sarah Linn is being installed at the Creede Community Church as their settled pastor and teacher. Join us to celebrate.
Westside CARES 14th Annual Prayer Breakfast
Tuesday, January 16 at7:30 AM-9 AM
9 El Pomar Rd, Colorado Springs
The topic for Westside CARES 14th Annual Prayer Breakfast is Interfaith Collaboration: The Sacredness of Common Ground. Featured Speaker: Rev. Dr. Ahriana Platten. Rev. Dr. Ahriana Platten is twice ordained -- both as an interfaith minister and as a Unity Minister. She has spearheaded many local interfaith initiatives and has a heartfelt desire to dissolve the limitations we place on God, whom she sees as infinite, intimate, indwelling, and fully capable of teaching us how to work together for the good of all.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Contact Maryann.Stadjuhar@westsidecares.org to RSVP
Community-Wide Experiences and Opportunities
Please check out the stairwell bulletin board & Belltower Newsletter for community - wide experiences such as lectures, connecting with our sister churches and musical concerts. If you have something to add to the board, please contact our office.
Rocky Mountain Conference News
Are you interested in finding out more information from the Rocky Mountain Conference or the United Church of Christ? There are some wonderful eblasts, devotionals, etc., that you can sign up to receive.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONFERENCE (www.rmcucc.org)
Sign Up for the RMC Newsletter: (www.rmcucc.org/ROOTS)